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Watton, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Watton, a small village and a parish in the E.R. Yorkshire, 1¾ mile SSW of Hutton-Cranswick railway station, and 5½ miles S by W of Great Driffield. Post town, Hull; money order office, Cranswick; telegraph office, Driffield. Acreage, 4746; population of the civil parish, 311; of the ecclesiastical, 522. The Earl of Londesborough is lord of the manor. A nunnery stood here in 686, and was destroyed by the Danes about 870. A Gilbertine abbey was founded on the site of the nunnery by Eustace Fitz-John in 1149, went at the dissolution to the Dudleys, and is now represented by a portion of its buildings, in Early Tudor architecture, converted into a dwelling-house known as Watton Abbey, and the residence of the Beckitt family. The living is a vicarage, united with Beswick, in the diocese of York; net value, £150. The church is ancient, consists of chancel, nave, and western tower, and was restored in 1888.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

Findmypast, in conjunction with various Archives, Local Studies, and Family History Societies have the following parish records online for Watton:


Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for the East Riding of Yorkshire is available to browse.


Online maps of Watton are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following East Riding newspapers online:

CountyEast Riding of Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO25
Post TownDriffield